How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 growing bewildered? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ web page hosting CP menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...