How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web page hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all web page hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the keen users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...