How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a 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, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most website hosting business requirements. 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...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...