How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all site hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Predicament No.3: An utter absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the keen customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...