How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web space hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter lack of domain management sections
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...