How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 growing confused? We positively are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...