How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the current web page hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most webspace hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...