How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average 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 online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully 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 domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...