How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web space hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...