How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. 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 the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web site hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...