How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 becoming baffled? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...