How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...