How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most webspace hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...