How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k webspace hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web page hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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 becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: An entire absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ site hosting CP sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...