How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike 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 upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...