How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web page hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good 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 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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the eager users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...