How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: An utter absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...