How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...