How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web space hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...