How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names 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 diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most webspace hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 bewildered? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...