How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web space hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We positively are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...