How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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. See for yourself how marvelous 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 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 getting nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...