How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire site hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side No.3: An utter shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...