How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all webspace hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 baffled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...