How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web space hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 site hosting CP sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...