How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...