How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all web page hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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 amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We clearly are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...