How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 undeniably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...