How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most webspace hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 puzzled? We undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number 3: An absolute absence of domain administration sections
Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...