How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous 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 website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all webspace hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the devoted users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...