How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web page hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 absolutely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: An entire absence of domain management menus
Do we need to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...