How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most site hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 getting confused? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: An utter absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...