How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web space hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...