How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...