How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all webspace hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting company. At times, based on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...