How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to cite the total absence of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...