How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web space hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Weak Point No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...