How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web space hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to refer to the total lack of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...