How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web site hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, 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 hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...