How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly 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 whole hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Side No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...