How does cpanel site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the present web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...