How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all webspace hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...