How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web site hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 webspace hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...