How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 positively are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...