How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing confused? We positively are!
Weak Side No.2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Weakness Number 3: An utter absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...