How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all web page hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic 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)
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)
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 growing puzzled? We surely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...