How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web page hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...