How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 becoming perplexed? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...