How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully 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 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Problem Number 3: A complete lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...