How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current web site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all web space hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...