How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: A total deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...