How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on today's site hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web page hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully 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 domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: An entire absence of domain administration menus
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...