How does cpanel hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...