How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web page hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully 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 domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: A total lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...