How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...