How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete 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 delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete deficiency of domain administration options
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...