How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web page hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all web page hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete shortage of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...