How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific 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)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...