How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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 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 baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 webspace hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...