How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most webspace hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...