How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...