How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web page hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We definitely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...