How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on today's hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...