How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all webspace hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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? Remark that one as well...