How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: An absolute lack of domain administration menus
Do we need to refer to the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...