How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 baffled? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ hosting CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...