How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...