How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most site hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 getting puzzled? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: An utter absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...