How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all webspace hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...