How cPanel Website Hosting Functions
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "Website Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Website Hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...