How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...