How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most webspace hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent 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 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 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Problem Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...