How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web site hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...