How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most web page hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...