How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web page hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...