How Does cPanel Website Hosting Function?
cPanel-based site hosting or... cPanel-based website hosting?!?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain management options
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the eager customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...