How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web space hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...