How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing 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 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 growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: An entire shortage of domain management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...