How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: A complete shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...