How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 growing baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...