How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all webspace hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...