How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web space hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the earnest clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...