How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 becoming puzzled? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...