How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
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 puzzled? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Problem Number Three: An utter absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the total lack of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...