How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web space hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...