How does cpanel website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web space hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web site hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management options
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...