How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all web site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: A complete deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the avid clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...