How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all site hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain administration options
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...