How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A complete lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...