How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web site hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, 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? Mind that one too...