How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...