How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web space hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...