How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current web site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web page hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...