How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 erase on the server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 growing disorientated? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...