How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web space hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Downside No.3: A thorough absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...