How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web site hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...