How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 hosting server, because they all are located 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 placed 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. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...