How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created 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 located 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. See 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)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: A complete absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...