How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...