How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most site hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely 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, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...