How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 clearly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...