How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...