How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most site hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Problem Number Three: A total lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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 too...