How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most site hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 baffled? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A complete absence of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...