How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, 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 created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A total lack of domain administration options
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...