How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web space hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...