How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weak Side No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...