How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web space hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: A total shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Mark that one as well...