How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, 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, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 baffled? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...