How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single 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 two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web space hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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 surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...