How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web space hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove completely 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 very simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing 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 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)
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 growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough lack of domain management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 CP departments to grasp... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...