How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most webspace hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete lack of domain administration options
Do we need to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize 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 web site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...