How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check 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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: An utter lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...