How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most webspace hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ CP menus to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...