How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most webspace hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 becoming perplexed? We absolutely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...