How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase 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 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: A total lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...