How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply 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%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most webspace hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...