How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management sections
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 CP areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...