How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...