How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all site hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent 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 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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...