How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: A total shortage of domain name management menus
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...