How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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 bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Downside No.3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...