How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...