How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most webspace hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting CP areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...