How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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)
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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: A total lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...