How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated 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 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 categorically are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...