How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most webspace hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, based on the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...