How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...