How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 growing confused? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...