How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...