How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Downside No.3: An absolute lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...