How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web site hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great 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)
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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Drawback No.2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: An absolute lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...