How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: A total absence of domain name management menus
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ web space hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...