How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all site hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A thorough lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...