How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most site hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 getting disorientated? We categorically are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain management options
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...