How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web site hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
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 dub each subsequent 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 remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...