How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A complete lack of domain name administration menus
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...