How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current web page hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 surely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Problem Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...