How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 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 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke 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 web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all webspace hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra 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 delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration options
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...