How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most web site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A total absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...