How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the eager users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...