How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 remove on the server, because 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...