How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole site hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...