How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all web site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name management options
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...