How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 growing bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Problem No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...