How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all web page hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain management tools
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web space hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...