How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most web site hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to refer to the total lack of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...