How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...