How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ web page hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...