How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number 3: A complete shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...