How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the eager users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...