How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase 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 domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Drawback No.3: An entire lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...