How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove 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 domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...