How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the current web site hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...