How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web page hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very 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 located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...