How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most site hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 name)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ Control Panel sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...