How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web space hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...