How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all webspace hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: A total absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...