How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web space hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 surely are!
Problem Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Drawback No.3: An utter absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the avid clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...