How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Weakness No.2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ Control Panel menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...