How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...