How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...