How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely 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 domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the entire shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing system (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...