How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...