How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most webspace hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...