How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all web space hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 growing perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...