How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k site hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all site hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you growing baffled? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An utter absence of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...