How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current site hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web space hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 baffled? We certainly are!
Problem Number Two: The same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...