How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all site hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: An entire absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ web space hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...