How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole site hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...