How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all webspace hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...