How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter deficiency of domain administration options
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...