How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's web space hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web site hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 categorically are!
Problem Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web site hosting CP sections to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...