How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...