How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all webspace hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...