How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...