How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web space hosting CP areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...