How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows 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 a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed 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 situated 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. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big downside. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...