How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A total absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing platform (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...