How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web space hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most webspace hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...