How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all webspace hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...