How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web space hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web space hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...