How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web page hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...