How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor 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 points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: An entire deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a great shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...