How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the zealous users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...