How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web space hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...