How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 confused? We undeniably are!
Downside Number 2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Problem Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...