How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's web space hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: A complete absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...