How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most webspace hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 becoming confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the avid customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...