How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web space hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely 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 simple to erase on the web 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...