How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one 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 merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web site hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A thorough absence of domain administration sections
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...