How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's site hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web page hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web page hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
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 subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...