How cPanel Web Hosting Functions
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 surely are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Weakness No.3: An entire lack of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the avid users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...