How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web space hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great 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)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain management tools
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...