How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web space hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely 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 very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...