How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...