How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web space hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all webspace hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 disorientated? We categorically are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...