How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all webspace hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the total absence of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...