How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day site hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 domain names, please. Decide 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Drawback Number 3: A total lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...