How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k webspace hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing tool (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...