How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete fully 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, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...