How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...