How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all site hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete entirely 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 very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...