How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: 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 whole hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most site hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete 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 simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web space hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...