How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 confused? We positively are!
Predicament Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...