How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...