How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web page hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web page hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, 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 placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...