How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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 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 becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: A sheer lack of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...