How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...