How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive 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 domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...