How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: A total lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...