How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...