How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web space hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely 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 very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...