How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all web page hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ site hosting CP menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...