How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 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 getting baffled? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Predicament Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...