How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 getting puzzled? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter lack of domain management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...