How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 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 getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...