How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k webspace hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A total absence of domain management options
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...