How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...