How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web page hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 growing puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...