How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web site hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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. Decide for yourself how excellent 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)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ webspace hosting CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...