How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web site hosting industry 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...
Negative Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 growing confused? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...