How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current site hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web space hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 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 baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Sign No.3: An entire absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...