How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...