How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire site hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...