How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web space hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...