How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most webspace hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...