How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web space hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, 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 unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...