How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty 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 severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: An entire absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...