How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web space hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...