How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 growing puzzled? We categorically are!
Problem Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...