How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's site hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly 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 web hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting industry preconditions. 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...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: An utter lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...