How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...