How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...