How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web site hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since 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 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...