How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current site hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...