How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 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 becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...