How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web page hosting CP menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...