How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web site 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 web space hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...