How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most webspace hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove completely 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 domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer absence of domain management interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...