How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's site hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web site hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...