How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most web site hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An utter lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...