How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove 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 domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous 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 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Drawback No.2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...