How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most webspace hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very 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 domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent 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 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 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 puzzled? We categorically are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the total lack of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...