How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely 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 simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 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 getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...