How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely 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 quite 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting baffled? We categorically are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...