How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all webspace hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase completely 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 domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...