How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all webspace hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, 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 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...