How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most web page hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ site hosting CP areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...