How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most webspace hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ webspace hosting CP areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...