How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web space hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Predicament Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...