How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web page hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...