How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all site hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 getting disorientated? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: An utter absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...