How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all webspace hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove completely 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 remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...