How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web site hosting industry requirements. 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 domain names...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because 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 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 perplexed? We categorically are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to cite the utter absence of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...