How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's site hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Problem Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...