How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...