How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole site hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most webspace hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A complete lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...