How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web page hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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)
Are you growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Problem Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting company. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...