How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most web page hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...