How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web page hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete fully 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 domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: An absolute lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...