How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most site hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove completely 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 very easy 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 is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...