How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: A total shortage of domain management options
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...