How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market 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 domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 perplexed? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...