How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web page hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created 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 located 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...