How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on today's web page hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 growing confused? We surely are!
Problem Number 2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Problem Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...