How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire site hosting market supply the same thing: 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 practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web page hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove entirely 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 growing nonplussed? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...