How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web space hosting CP departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...