How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web page hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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 getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...