How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most webspace hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...