How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web site hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 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 growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web site hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...