How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web space hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web page hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: A total shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web site hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...