How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most web site hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...