How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. At times, based on the billing tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...