How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: A total deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...