How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most site hosting industry preconditions. 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 Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: A total lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...