How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...