How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weakness No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...