How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 getting bewildered? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...