How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web space hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...