How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete absence of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...