How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). 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 name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 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 becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Downside No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...