How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web page 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 web page hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...