How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire lack of domain name management options
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...