How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 becoming perplexed? We clearly are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Downside Number Three: An utter lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Remark that one as well...