How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all web page hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...