How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: A total lack of domain management options
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...