How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A thorough absence of domain name management tools
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...