How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most webspace hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to mention the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...