How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k webspace hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove entirely 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 web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 growing disorientated? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: An entire lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...