How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most website hosting industry demands. 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 domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
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 call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 becoming puzzled? We undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: An entire shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...