How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the avid clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...