How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the zealous users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...