How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...