How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most web space hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A thorough lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...