How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...