How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing confused? We categorically are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web space hosting CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...