How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all webspace hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...