How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most webspace hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 confused? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter lack of domain management options
Do we need to point out the total absence of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...