How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all web page hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Weakness No.3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...