How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most webspace hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, 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 quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Discover for yourself how great 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)
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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...