How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are placed 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 placed 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. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Predicament No.3: An absolute absence of domain management sections
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. At times, based on the billing tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...