How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...