How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most web site hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A total lack of domain management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...