How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...