How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web page hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely 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 domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: A total shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...