How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most site hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive 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 easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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 growing perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to cite the total absence of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...