How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...