How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all site hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 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 becoming puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: A thorough absence of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...