How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all webspace hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Many login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...