How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web space hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 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. Verify for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...