How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web site hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...