How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...