How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely 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 domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: An utter absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...