How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web page hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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? Note that one as well...