How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all webspace hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names 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 situated 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. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting CP sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...