How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 growing disorientated? We positively are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A complete absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...