How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most webspace hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...