How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web space hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...