How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...