How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most web page hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total lack of domain management options
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...