How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...