How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names 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 very popular 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web site hosting CP sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...