How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...