How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the eager users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...