How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...