How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web space hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A complete absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...