How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all web space hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire shortage of domain administration sections
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...