How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...