How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...