How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present-day site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web space hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe 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 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 becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A complete lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...