How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on today's web page hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive 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 remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A complete absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...