How does cpanel web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web space hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...