How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole site hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all webspace hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, 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 web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web space hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...