How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web page hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...