How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A total deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...