How does cpanel hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We undeniably are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Problem No.3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...