How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web site hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...