How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all web page hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 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 puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...