How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire site hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all webspace hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...