How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web space hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...