How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all web site hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...