How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: An utter lack of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...