How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web space hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web page 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...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete completely 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 domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Downside No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: A total deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...