How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...