How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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 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 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...