How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation 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 fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most webspace hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...