How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web space hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great 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)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...