How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...