How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k webspace hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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 absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A total lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...