How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web page hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are situated 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...