How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely 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 site hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: A complete absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ Control Panel areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...