How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present web site hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent 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 hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...