How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
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 trendy and possibly fulfilled all web space hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...