How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase completely 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: An entire deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...