How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...