How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...