How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
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 growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...