How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...