How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web site hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Downside No.3: An utter deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...