How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most webspace hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 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 puzzled? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...