How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...