How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good 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)
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 growing perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: An entire absence of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...