How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current web page hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web page hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully 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 domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ hosting CP menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...