How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting firm. At times, based on the billing tool (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...