How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...