How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...