How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...