How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all webspace hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...