How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web site hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web page hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See 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)
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 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 getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...