How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just 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 aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web page hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Problem Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web space hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...