How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all site hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...