How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all webspace hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...