How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web page hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, 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 web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 disorientated? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...