How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web space hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We categorically are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: A complete absence of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...