How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, 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 hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A sheer lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...