How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web space hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...