How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web page hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...