How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most webspace hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful 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 domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback No.3: An absolute absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...