How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 site hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web page hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Predicament Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...