How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...