How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: An utter lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web page hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...