How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...