How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly 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 website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely 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 very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...