How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all webspace hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...