How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web page hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
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 getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: A complete absence of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...