How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web space hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all web space hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete 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 domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because 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 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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 unquestionably are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A complete absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...