How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all webspace hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name administration options
Do we need to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting CP sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...