How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the current site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most webspace hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...