How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web page hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web site hosting CP menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...