How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web space hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent 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 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 becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A complete absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...