How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 getting perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Drawback Number Three: A total absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting company. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...