How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely 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 domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A total deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...