How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web page hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...