How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Side No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the keen clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ web page hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...