How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely 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 server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Decide for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...