How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web space hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most webspace hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing platform (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 webspace hosting CP departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...