How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase completely 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 very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide 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)
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 getting puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Problem Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...