How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...