How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web page hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase 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 very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire absence of domain management sections
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty CP departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...