How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all site hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to refer to the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...