How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...