How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: A complete lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...