How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most site hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove 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 simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify 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 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough lack of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...