How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the current web site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 getting perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...