How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web site hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 erase on the web server, since they all are situated 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: A total absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...