How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most webspace hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...