How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web site hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing 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)
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 name)
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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...