How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web site hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We definitely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...