How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all web site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated 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 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. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...