How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web site hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...