How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web page hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 name)
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)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...