How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web page hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ web site hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...