How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire site hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web page hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation options
Do we need to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...