How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web space hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A total lack of domain management menus
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...