How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove 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 domains are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...