How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...