How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
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 a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete 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 delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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 growing disorientated? We clearly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number 3: An utter absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...