How does cpanel hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web space hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...