How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 becoming puzzled? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: An utter absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...