How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web space hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...