How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web space hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, 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 server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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. Examine for yourself how great 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)
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 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)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...