How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. See for yourself how excellent 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)
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 getting confused? We categorically are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A complete absence of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...