How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web site hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name 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 extremely attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: An entire lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...