How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Problem No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...