How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ hosting CP departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...