How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most webspace hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...