How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, 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 hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number Three: An entire absence of domain name administration tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...