How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ site hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...