How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most site hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...