How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: 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 entire website hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web site hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: A total shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...