How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase fully 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 erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We surely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire lack of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...