How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all website hosting business requirements. 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 domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: A total shortage of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...