How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you 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 contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web page hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ site hosting CP areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...