How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all site hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We positively are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...