How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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 growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...