How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weakness No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...