How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...