How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...