How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most web space hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...