How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing puzzled? We surely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: An utter absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...