How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web space hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created 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 located 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. Verify for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...