How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole site hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web space hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most web space hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove 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 quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We positively are!
Downside Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete lack of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...