How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web page hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely 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 easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 bewildered? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: A total lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...