How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...