How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains 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 quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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 growing confused? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name management options
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...