How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 CP departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...