How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web page hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all webspace hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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 fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A thorough lack of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...