How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web space hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...