How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web page hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the keen users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...