How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web space hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 server, since 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter lack of domain name management tools
Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...