How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely 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 very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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 confused? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...