How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web page hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web space hosting CP menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...