How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web page hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete 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. Check for yourself how amazing 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We definitely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...