How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We definitely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An absolute lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...