How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
Are you getting confused? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...