How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web space hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Mind that one too...