How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web page hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most webspace hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: A total absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...