How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most site hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a great weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...