How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k site hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Drawback No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament No.3: An absolute lack of domain management interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ site hosting CP menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...