How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
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)
Are you growing baffled? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...