How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 remove on the web server, because they all are placed 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 growing puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total absence of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...