How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
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 new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We positively are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: A total absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...