How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all web site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good 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 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 getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...