How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most webspace hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Point Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...