How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers 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 in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web page hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...