How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...