How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web site hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Drawback No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...