How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...