How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web site hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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 absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Downside No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...