How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: A complete lack of domain management options
Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...