How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous 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 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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete absence of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...