How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located 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 situated 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...