How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter 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 take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web page hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...