How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all webspace hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...