How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 becoming disorientated? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...