How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k webspace hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase fully 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 quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We definitely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...