How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all site hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Disadvantage No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web page hosting CP departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...