How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove 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 quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: A total shortage of domain name administration options
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...