How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web site hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside No.3: A total absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...