How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all webspace hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: A total deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...