How does cpanel website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on today's hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since 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 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name administration options
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...