How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: A total absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Note that one as well...