How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most web space hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...