How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most site hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous 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 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 growing baffled? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An absolute shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...