How does cpanel web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web page hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing confused? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: A complete lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively 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 know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...