How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the 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 name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the total shortage of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...