How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 delete on the hosting server, since they all are located 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A complete lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...