How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 bewildered? We positively are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...