How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming baffled? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...