How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...