How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all webspace hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...