How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, 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 of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
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 subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the 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 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A thorough lack of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing system (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...