How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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 great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...