How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names 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 well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name management options
Do we need to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...