How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...