How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market supply the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
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 definitely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Drawback No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...