How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web space hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase 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 domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...