How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...