How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k site hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing system (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...