How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most webspace hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An utter absence of domain management options
Do we have to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...