How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all web site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...