How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 confused? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...