How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web space hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...