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 site hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 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 modish and probably fulfilled all web page hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
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 refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...