How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove 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 simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 getting nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...