How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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 good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...