How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to bring up the total shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...