How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all site hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...