How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all webspace hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...