How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web space hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all webspace hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...