How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web space hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely 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 domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...